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Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Call for Help

In my personal opinion, a pullover is a nice thing to have a few of, but unless you only knit them out of fingering weight yarn or lighter, they tend to make you overheat fairly quickly unless you spend a lot of time outside in cold weather. If you are going back and forth, you can layer when you go outside, but when you come inside, you really don't need a heavier weight sweater. When you do wear a heavier weight pullover, there's not much you can do when you get hot, except take it off, and depending on what you've got on underneath the pullover, you might cause more trouble than you started with.

For this reason, I'm a huge fan of the cardigan. If you're cold, you can close it up and if you're warm, you can open it and let it hang open. If you really get hot, you can take the whole thing off since cardi's are typically worn with something underneath them - it's the ultimate climate control garment.

My call for help doesn't really have to do with the actual cardigans - fortunately or unfortunately, I have no trouble whatsoever finding cute cardi patterns to knit up. I need help finding stuff to put underneath the cardis. Now I have a favorite brand of camis, and I've got long sleeved T's (which I don't really wear much because I feel like the sleeves get fiddly under the cardis). I'm looking for short sleeved T's. I used to wear the Old Navy Perfect Fit Tee - it was a nice weight of fabric, soft, came in lots of colors and shaped just enough that I looked female (versus the look I get in Mickael's T- shirts) but not so tightly that that the world could see whether or not my bra had an underwire or not. Unfortunately, Old Navy has really had a steep decline in quality over the last few years, and while they still make this tee - the fabric they use is really thin and doesn't hold up well, so I'm not going to waste my money on it. So, what I'm looking for is a nice looking, slightly fitted, cotton or cotton/spandex tee that comes in a bunch of colors. If it has a slightly longer length, that's great because I wear my jeans below my belly button. Since I live in T's, I'm willing to make an investment here, so I'm not going to limit price on them, but I'm not paying $100 for a T shirt either - I need to overhaul my T shirt collection and I'd like to get a bunch of colors. If you know of a source for something like this, please leave a link in the comments. I'm probably not the only knitter who needs nice T's to throw under their cardis!


Blogger Angela said...

I found that Sears has a nice T-shirt that's thick enough not to see your bra and soft enough to wear anytime. I do have some luck with Target though on basic shirts both long and short sleeves. Very soft and good prices.

Good luck!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Geek Knitter said...

Have you looked and Lands' End or L.L. Bean? Their fitted-type T's come in a good color range, and they're well worth the investment.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just order some at jcpenney.com & kohls.com

8:43 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Eddie Bauer has always made nice quality t's for women. Slighted fitted, but very good quality fabric. lots of colour choice as well.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Bethe said...

J.Jill has great tees in nice colors. Nice and soft AND good quality!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you checked out Chadwicks.com. I have found a nice selection for good prices there.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous jdknits said...

I buy mine (and most of the rest of my clothes) at Banana Republic. Their t-shirts are soft and are usually you can't see through them like the Old navy ones you mentioned. I use their T's and tanks under cardis and they hold up in the wash.

9:18 AM  
Blogger CozyStitches said...

Check out Target, they have some nice (stretchy) tee's. They usually are priced at the $5 range. I do not know how they compare to Old Navy's new quality, but I like them. :D

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Helene said...

Try target - very inexpensive, and their tshirt with a little spandex come in several colors and really last.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I'm rather tall, and the t's I've found that don't make a gap between pants and shirt are at www.shadeclothing.com. Quite nice, stretchy, and comfortable. The company is Latter Day Saints though...

10:18 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Try LL Bean. Especially the clearance ones. They sometimes have discontinued colors and you have to check often as they update it a lot (it seems that way anyway).

They wear well and are worth the price even at full price but the clearance ones just make me feel like I got a bargain.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Jersey Shore Deb said...

I've found that J. Crew has the kinds of T's you're looking for--I know exactly what you mean about the Old Navy ones, I used to love those too. The J. Crew ones are very similar and of nice quality.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Jan said...

Have you tried Blair? They have multiple lengths of basic tees in a range of colors.


10:37 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

I've been getting mine from Kohl's lately. Some are actually lined in the front. Scoops and v-necks are in my small collection for work.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I have to agree with the JJill compassion tees... nice weight, good quality and on sale right now for only $15.99... lol

10:48 AM  
Blogger Cathy-Cate said...

I second Lands' End (great quality, great customer service, good prices), and I also have some very high quality T-shirts from hanna andersson (http://www.hannaandersson.com); they have primarily wonderful kids' clothes, but their women's clothes are awesome (and their T's are on sale right now for $20, and last forever).

10:58 AM  
Blogger Qutecowgirl said...

Target and NY and Company (which as goes by Learner's in some states)

I have 2 black tees fro NY that are at least 5 years old and still look brand new

11:34 AM  
Blogger ~S said...

I get my Ts from JJill, Eddie Bauer, or Target all wear nicely. JJill and Eddie Bauer have the nicer T-Tanks that I like to wear this time of year. Kind of an extender for my knitted cardis and short/no sleaved sweaters with the lower v-knecks.

11:55 AM  
Blogger CorporateMonkey said...

Try American Apparel. They have some cute Cotton Spandex Jersey, U-neck, and their most popular Women's Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Tees in a sampler pack.

some of my favorite printed tees are on American Apparel shirts. they even have sustainable organic cotton.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I likewise live in tees, and have also given up on Old Navy. Here are my top three tee choices:
Kohl's- lots of colors and styles (v necks, scoops, henleys whatever) and they are almost always on sale for $5-10.
Gap- actually Gap Body might be better, but both make great tees. Body has some really nice ones that are thin and lightweight without being revealing at all. And they're super soft.
American Apparel- They make really nice soft tees and about a million colors. I can't attest to the fit, as it's my hubby that has all the AA tees, but they are really soft and well made. :) best of luck!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Old Navy went down I switched to the Gap. Same shape but thicker fabric. I live in the v-necks during the summer so I tend to replace them every year, but they work alright for me.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Robby said...

Land's End offers a huge selection, wonderful service and reasonable prices. I have Land's End shirts I've worn for 10 years or more - and I wear this sort of thing a lot. Kohl's, IMO, have a much shorter life, but they are cheaper and I own many of those as well. I don't feel like they have had as nice a fit the last couple of seasons though.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Reluctant Penguin said...

I am envious of you who live in a climate where pullovers aren't necessary indoors! In our cold NJ winters (especially with heating costs rising) our house is always too cold, so pullovers are an essential part of the wardrobe. Sometimes with a shawl over it. For something else to wear underneath, take a look at WinterSilks for lovely silk turtlenecks, mock turtles, and even short sleeve shirts. They are light weight, washable (though I wouldn't put them in the dryer), and hold up beautifully. They come in several different weights. NAYY.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

I live in Tees, too. I am of a larger size, so I got to Target and get men's sizes - it seems like men's are of better quality (and larger and cheaper) than the women's. You might try a small or medium men's for size and see if you like the feel.

Good luck - and tell that smart cat that I agree about hats - they do make cats look less smart than they are and I wouldn't make any of my cats wear one!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I'm a big fan of the Penney's A.N.A tees - I have way too many, and wear them under everything. There aren't so many colours (usually 4-6 a season), but they do change them up and they're usually on some manner of sale.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please be aware of fit. I live in Maine, so I usually buy clothes from the LLBean outlet stores for very good quality and long wear. BUT I am also very busty. As the designers say, fit through the shoulders is critical. LLBean has great colors that change frequently, but they are very boxy. Lands End is shaped through the shoulders (full-fashioned) and has a range of fabric weights. I prefer them for fit. Purple is a neutral!

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I would try Lands End - their quality is great, and they have some nice styles

8:51 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

I recently got some from the Ann Taylor and Tommy Hilfiger outlet stores that are quite nice. I also have some Jones New York from a different outlet store. None of them were more than $15. Glad to know I'm not the only one who gave up on Old Navy.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Sheepmom said...

I like the T's that Wal-mart sells. They are made by Just My Size and are comfortable and launder nicely ( well, occassionally, you might have to threaten one with an iron if it acts up ) and the color selction is nice. Besides the price is great - $6.00 each.
I know some done like Wal-Mart but for this they're good.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Lands' End, Eddie Bauer, and NY & Co. (or Lerners). Target also has some, but they're a little too clingy for my needs.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

Let us know what you end up getting and what works because I am looking for the same thing!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Mel said...

If you go to Target to get your tees, look for the Cherokee brand. These are what I love to buy. They are stretchy, slightly fitted and thicker. (The Merona brand at Target feels too thin and cheap, IMO.) You can get them in basic colors as well as fashion colors. They are inexpensive, so perfect as chic Mommy wear. They are the only brand of t-shirt that I buy, and they look great under a cardi! :)

9:21 AM  
Blogger Cory Ellen said...

I practically live in American Apparel t-shirts. They do shrink smaller than they look at first, but they are super comfy and all of mine have held up for over a year with no sign of giving up yet.

4:02 PM  
Blogger quiltparalegal said...

Try www.woolrich.com

Love the sock series!

9:36 PM  

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